Explore the history, landscapes and wines of France’s Loire Valley on this nine-day tailor-made self-drive
City | Food & wine | History & culture | Honeymoon | Self-drive
The Loire is the longest river in France, rising from the Massif Central and flowing 620 miles to the Atlantic Ocean, passing beautiful rolling countryside, some of France's finest vineyards, picturesque villages and an incredible concentration of grand country chateaux. Highlights of this nine-day holiday include touring the French capital in a Citroen 2CV, living like royalty in one of the Loire Valley's largest chateaux and discovering the region's amazing food and wine on a series of tastings and food-focussed tours.
Day by day itinerary
UK > Paris
Travel by Eurostar to Paris and on arrival you will be transferred by an Eco-friendly city car to your accommodation. As a first experience in Paris, enjoy a cruise on the Seine and entry to the Fragonard Perfume Museum.
Stay: Melia Notre Dame
The French capital has more familiar landmarks than almost any other city in the world, but even if you've seen the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre before, there's always more to discover. Which is why on your second day we've included a city tour with a twist - a journey through the heart of Paris in a classic French car, a Citroen 2CV.
Stay: Melia Notre Dame
Paris > Tours
Collect your hire car and set off for the magnificent city of Tours, a Royal City and garden of France located in the heart of the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
After breakfast visit Chambord Castle, a fairy tale chateau set in the midst of a large estate. Built by King Francois I in the 16th century, its impressive roofs and the architectural masterpiece of a central winding staircase, which was designed and constructed by Leonardo da Vinci.
Then continue to the Castle of Blois, combining four different architectural styles. This riyal Castle of Blois presents a magnificent panorama of the art and history of the castles of the Loire
After breakfast visit the Royal Château of Amboise, which is perched on a promontory overlooking the Loire and houses the tomb of Leornardo da Vinci in its chapel, and the former royal city of Blois, whose riverside castle is said to be the birthplace of Richard the Lionheart.
Stay: Chateau de la Bourdaisière
Tours > Chartres
After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy some free time in the city of Tours, then drive to Chartres, the capital of light and perfume
Stay: Mercure Chartres Cathedral
Chartres > Paris > UK
After breakfast at your hotel, drive back to Paris and return your hire car, a private transfer will take you to Paris Gare du Nord to board the Eurostar back to London.
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
9-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,030 pp incl. flights
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